Saturday, August 29, 2009

Polli : i spy find

Earrings are so difficult to store, I know - I have many of them and they seem to be stashed all over the house and none of the spots I have for them serve me well, they are tangled or one is missing or I forgot I had that pair - well you get the picture. I have seen the acrylic earring organisers but never really loved the idea of displaying them like that. Enter the Polli jewellery stands that I spied at Life Instyle. Now, I would be more than happy to display this on my bedside table, and what a cute ornament this would be in a young gals room? The one shown above is Gum Tree in white, they also have a jungle and a coral version but I think I love the white one best.

Polli also do a gorgeous range of jewellery such as the Toile pendant and Nouveau pendant both in stainless steel, shown above.

I do also adore this greeting card which is transformed into a lovely hanging decoration, very cute! Visit Polli here. [All images via Polli website]

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Studio Antic: Naturally Beautiful

The husband and wife team that make up Studio Antic create gorgeous designs and translate them into lovely prints for stationary and more. Dale draws his experience from a fine arts background while his wife, Heidi is an interior designer by trade, the partnership makes for eye catching and stylish product that certainly caught my eye at Life Instyle.
The Studio Antic range includes handmade cards [some styles from the Black & White range featured below], hand screen-printed Journals, pencil cases and cushions [a selection featured bottom of post] which are either 100% linen or a linen cotton blend. They even produce tea-towels!

I spoke briefly with Dale who proudly told me that the designs were all created here in Melbourne (Australia) and also produced here. The studio uses recycled content and eco-friendly dyes, which are still pigment rich to produce intense colour and all their product was fabulous quality. Check out more from Studio Antic here. The website is still a work in progress, it doesn't do justice to all their designs which are much more beautiful in person but provides a great overview.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Samantha Robinson : Porcelain by the beach...

With her studio a stones throw from Bondi how could Samantha Robinson not be inspired? Even if Bondi may be one of the most popular and busiest beaches in Sydney [maybe Australia?] it has to be nice to be able to pop around the corner and take in the sound of waves and smell of salt air - I know it always inspires me. Wherever she gets the inspiration, it shines through in her beautiful work.

The cabinet filled with her gorgeous porcelain cups certainly got my attention at Life Instyle [see image from last post] and her website is quite nicely done as well. During my brief chat with Samantha she came across as very centred and down to earth, I think this shows through in her work, it has a real honesty to it with each peice expressing its own individual style.

You can find Samantha at Paddington markets in Sydney every Saturday or for enquiries click here for her website and drop her a line.

[Images from top - porcelain teacups; Hand made bowls - I am sure that were inspired by watermelons!; Gorgeous cylindrical illuminators - pop a candle inside to see them glow, Samantha also makes gorgeous pendant lights; Below - porcelain coffee cups - if only coffee came in one like this everyday...All images from Samantha Robinson's website]

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life Instyle : A fabulous line up of gorgeous goods

I recently visited Life Instyle which also incorporated Kids Instyle & First Instyle, a great trade show for buyers looking for unique boutique brands. I wasn't disappointed - the only disappointment was I didn't allow myself enough time to really go through the show thoroughly so towards the end I missed out on a chance to talk to some of the exhibitors as I had to fleetingly look and move on. Does that seem to be a reoccurring theme with me? Mmmm...

So as I was quite taken with a number of the exhibitors I have decided to do a series of posts rather than a general overview of the show. So standby for the first post - Samantha Robinson (whose display of gorgeous porcelain is pictured above) a studio potter based in Sydney. Oh - and I should mention that I plan to feature Australian designed and/or made brands because there are so many good ones and I love to promote wonderful Australian design.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Decoration + Design & Furnitex : The whirlwind visit...

As I mentioned in the last post we just moved house - although it was within 3 minutes drive it was still a monstrous task. There are still boxes in odd places and stuff that hasn't yet found a home and I am still working on the dining room forgive me if I haven't got back to you as soon as I promised with more on D+D/Furnitex.

My visit to D+D was a whirlwind to say the least but I have a few highlights that I took the time to document. Unfortunately I didn't make it to Design:Made:Trade but I am hoping that a good friend may share her views on that soon so stay tuned.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the chair from View Furniture [above] a baroque inspired detailed arm chair. At first I was curious about the way the frame appeared to be separate from the upholstered seat and back, I then noticed the swivel base - tacky or clever? I found it amusing enough to be clever but wasn't sure I could think of an appropriate place for it, however their furniture is well designed and certainly worth a look. Another bonus is they are designed and manufactured in Australia.

Globe West was another furniture company that caught my eye, this time it was more about the stand design than the furniture - which is lovely - but I really loved the details they put into the design of their stand. The newspapers that wallpapered areas were of an asian origin and the stand encompassed you from both sides as you walked through, connected by the lattice like ceiling. It stood out as one of the best stands at Furnitex.

I have to admit it helped that they had featured one of my favourite things - the hanging origami drakes - I'm sure you've heard me mention more than once my love of the origami inspired element!

An area of particular interest was the Sampling Future Materials section. The area featured fabrics for interiors from both the Belgian Decotec and Australian companies. Surrounding this area were 3 installations.

Above was the collaboration between ITN architects, Australian Composites & The Specialty Group. The 'Libre-Pod' both a library and a lounge, is inspired by the Libra scales representing the perfect balance between work and recreation. The casing of the pod is a light cured resin impregnated fibre-glass from The Specialty Group. Space Age indeed!

I love a dino design - this one was created with Woven Image's Echo Panel. Developed in collaboration with Middlegrey and fabricated by Like Butter, 'Velociraptor' is a fun and unexpected way to use the panel material.

'Designing Miss Daisy' used recycled & recyclable thermoset polymer material to create an art type installation. The collaboration between Mark Watson, I.N.C Corporation, Aboriginal Artist Development Trust & Australian Rubber Matting Products was an interesting one but with nice results. I liked the individual items but would have like to see a more creative way to display them.

Vivid was still the best area within Furnitex, displaying some great talent [check out the link to see this years winners]. Above is the Unconformities Coffee Table by student Jessica Shannon of Central TAFE. The table is expandable and cleverly designed for small spaces.

Designer Ross Gardan's company Spaceleft developed the Flat Jack Bookcase - constructed with cardboard [an increasingly popular eco-choice] and designed for short term use. It can be created with a print as seen here [which I liked] or a plain surface. Its quite inexpensive - the plain version starting at RRP $350.

I liked these little stools - the curved laminated timber details in them reminded me of ripples in the sand or perhaps those made in a Japanese dry landscape garden. The Selina Stool is a concept piece by Jensen Ho.

Love to hear what you guys think, leave us a comment! Next Post - the beginning of a series on some Lifeinstyle exhibitors that caught my eye...